USS Mississinewa AO-59

Ship Christening Bottle/Memorial Plaque Found

Left: Margaret Pence, now known as “Peggy” Howell, christening the USS Mississinewa on March 28, 1944.  Click on Margaret’s photo to see the autographed picture of her christening the ship, and the photos she shared with us given to her by Captain Beck in 1945. The photos were taken at

Sadly saying goodbye to Howard Bassingthwaite

Howard passed away on February 11, 2018. He was 92 years of age. We were honored to have had Howard and his wife attend the last USS Mississinewa reunion back in 2003. He said he, like so many others, had joined the Navy to see the world. Howard’s hometown was

Tranquilino Gonzales, Jr., S2c ID’d in crew photo

The granddaughter of crewman Tranquilino Gonzales, Jr., S2c recently identified her grandfather in the Mississinewa Crew Photo. Lisa Peralta Bell remembered her grandfather in a post on the Mississinewa Facebook page on the anniversary of the ship’s sinking. Since we had never been in contact with the Gonzales family, we

George Huss, 93 years old on 13 November 2017

On Veteran’s Day, 11 November 2017, Elisabeth Gavan, daughter of George Huss, RM3c, was kind enough to send a photo of her dad from 1945. In the photo, he’s standing next to his pals, Bill Brzykcy and Andrew “Red” Dadura. George will be celebrating his 93rd birthday on 13 Novemember

Passing of crewman James “Jim” Cunningham

Sadly, we must report the loss of USS Mississinewa AO-59 survivor, James “Jim” Cunningham, who has passed away. The following obituary appeared in the Boston Globe: CUNNINGHAM, James A. Age 91, a former resident of Readville, died at his Whitefield, NH, home on August 4, 2017. Beloved husband of the

S2c Bernard Dineen tentatively ID’d in crew photo

Thanks to Debra Lauren Dineen, niece of former USS Mississinewa S2c Bernard Dineen, I was able to tentatively identify her uncle in the crew photo. Debra supplied a photo of her uncle back in 1944 in a photo with another unidentified sailor. In looking over the crew photo, I was

Cambridge, Massachusetts honors S2c Peter Moran

  It was brought to our attention that Cambridge is now honoring servicemen KIA with a memorial plaque. This plaque is on the square at Broadway at Lee Streets in Cambridge. It honors Mississinewa sailor, Petor Moran. Thank you Robert Anderka for bringing this to our attention.

Ships ID’d in WWII photos of Mississinewa sinking at Ulithi Atoll

Recently, we’ve gotten some help identifying many of the ships in the photos of the Mississinewa burning at Ulithi Atoll. With the major help of David Stubblebine, a regular contributor to the informative WWII database, www.ww2db.com. David was researching Ulithi Atoll for a different project. He found a portion of